Could Women Answer to th Labor Crisis?

The landscape industry has historically been made up of significantly more men than women, and it wasn’t always a very inviting prospect for female workers.

Awareness and fresh attitudes are starting to change that. By Heather Tunstall

22 The Landscape Professional // May/June 2019 C

aitlin Clineff grew up in 4-H, falling in love with plants and the environment early on in life. Her grandparents were gardeners and would give her plants, encouraging her to get dirty and play in the woods on her 70-acre property in a rural community

along the state line of North Carolina and Virginia. In high school, her presentation on gardening won at the state level in a 4-H public speaking competition, giving her a chance to go to the National Junior Horticultural Association convention to compete at the national level.

“The state extension specialist for youth programs in plants and soils, Liz Driscoll, encouraged me to go, and that’s how I got serious about a career in horticulture,” Clineff says. “I intended to work in public gardens or become a landscape architect. I went into landscaping because that’s where I could get a job, but I ended up loving it.”

After spending several years man- aging both installation and mainte-

nance projects, designing, estimating and working with clients on contracts, as well as managing budgets, Clineff was recruited by Myatt Landscaping (Fuquay Varina, North Carolina) for an HR role. She is now their recruiting specialist and company ambassador. “It’s something I’ve never done before, but I absolutely love it,” she says. “I’m able to take my knowledge of the industry and use it to recruit new employees to our company and

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